Program Statement

At Building Blocks Nursery School our philosophy is for each child to be encouraged in their creative, cognitive and social abilities while promoting the health, safety, nutrition and well-being of each child. The child’s individuality and independence will be nurtured in a loving and kind atmosphere. Our motivation will be to have your child; learn to be competent, capable, and curious, to share, be able to have free expression in many forms, co-operate, be engaged, be rich in potential and form trusting relationships with their peers, teachers and parents alike through supporting positive interactions.

Building Blocks Nursery School aims to provide a safe and happy environment for your child. Our program will consist of different age appropriate activities which will enhance the development of the child`s small and gross motor skills, creative, quiet listening, cognitive and sensory skills, as well as, dramatic play, exploration, inquiry and free musical expression. Each child will be encouraged to move freely from centre to centre to work on new and different skills. Children will experience these activities through adult- supported experiences and their own independent exploration.

Our community partners include Peel Inclusion Resource Services (PIRS). PIRS offers services to families and children in licensed child care centers by providing resources and coaching to both children, families and staff so that children can participate fully in school.  Building Blocks Nursery School also voluntarily participates in Raising the Bar, a program that is committed to improving the quality of child care in the Region of Peel.  All staff must actively participate in this program.  We strive to help facilitate continued education for all staff.  How Does Learning Happen is the pedagogical framework developed by the Province of Ontario that is intended to strengthen programming that covers a broad range of approaches and is also adopted by Building Blocks Nursery School in our programming.  Our staff are using these tools to continue their ongoing professional learning.

Building Blocks Nursery School documents our activities through various media including written reports, photos, and storyboards.

Hours of Operation: Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday for 21/2 or 3 hours per day. Morning classes run from 9:00 am to 11:30 or 12:00 pm, afternoon classes run from 1:00 pm to 3:30 or 4:00 pm. The school term runs from the first Tuesday in September after Labour Day until the third week of June. The school will be closed for all Public School Holidays excluding PD Days.

Building Blocks Nursery School reserves the right to cancel any class due to lack of enrolment. However, if a class is cancelled, a place in another class may be offered.
Building Blocks Nursery School will encourage and give each child choices in their behavior. The positive approach will always be emphasized.
Unacceptable behavior will include intentional hitting, biting and injuring other children, spitting and destroying school property.
If a child participates in any of the above behaviors, they will be removed from the situation, and redirected.

The following will not be permitted:

  1. Corporal punishment and or any form of abuse to a child by an employee, person in charge, volunteer, visitor, another child or group of children.
  2. Physical restraint of a child, unless physical restraint is for the purpose of preventing a child from hurting himself, herself or someone else, and is used only as a last resort;
  3. Use a locked or lockable room or structure to confine a child who has been withdrawn from other children. Lock or permit to be locked for the purpose of confining a child, the exits of the building by the operator, staff, placement students, volunteers or visitors.
  4. Deliberate, harsh or degrading measures used on a child that would humiliate or undermine a child’s self-respect.
  5. Deprivation of a child’s basic needs, including food, shelter or clothing.
  6. Inflicting any bodily harm on children including making children eat or drink against their will.

Consequences of Contravention:
If any person does any of the above practices while employed by, or on the premises of Building Blocks Nursery School, the practices would be documented, the employee/person involved would be interviewed and depending upon the severity either a warning will be given, or instant dismissal. If necessary a serious occurrence form would be filed and appropriate officials and agencies would be notified.

This policy is to be reviewed and signed off annually by all staff members. All students and volunteers will review and signed off prior to starting work with children.